There are two indisputable facts as the Astros wind down the first month of the season. First, Chris Devenski is one heck of a relief pitcher. Second, if there is a gaping hole in the Astros’ plans for world domination, it is a starting rotation that beyond Dallas Keuchel is shaky.
The Astros strong 14-7 start to the season has been built upon 5 super strong starts by Keuchel, overall great bullpen work and an offense, which struggled the first week, but has been the comeback kids the last two. The rest of the starting staff does not have 5 strong starts combined since the beginning of the season.
So, the question is – do the Astros move Devenski out of the pen and into the rotation?
Arguments For the Move
– Man he’s good – Devenski has been the best and most effective pitcher behind Keuchel on the staff.
– Insane control – His ability to control multiple pitches is almost machine-like. His 27 Ks vs only 1 walk in 14.2 innings seems impossible.
– The “other” pitchers – 4.34/1.310, 4.29/1.571, 5.91/1.453 and 5.40/1.533 – Those are the unimpressive ERAs/WHIPs of the “other” starting pitchers currently in the rotation, Lance McCullers Jr, Charlie Morton, Joseph Musgrove and Mike Fiers.
– So much better – 1.26 / 0.558 – Those are the impeccable ERA and WHIP respectively of Devenski to this point.
– Two words – Collin McHugh. The former #2 starter is out for the first 6 weeks of the season with no guarantee he will be back at all.
Arguments Against the Move
– If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – The Astros have been far and away the best team in their division and one of the best in baseball to this point.
– Don’t screw up the bullpen – Devenski’s ability to absorb varying amounts of innings at a time has allowed other portions of the bullpen to rest. This has led to a reasonable work load and a very effective bullpen.
– More is not always better – What works for Devenski once or twice through the lineup might be figured out on the third or more viewing
– Will the velocity be there – It is likely that Devenski as a starter would have to throttle back that 95 mph fastball to 92-93 mph when he stretches out
– Losing the special weapon – Devenski gives the Astros something unique, a longer lasting version of Andrew Miller, an extremely effective pitcher who can come into high leveraged situations and not leave for a number of innings.
The question here is … Do you think the Astros should move Devenski into the starting rotation, not make the move or consider the move at a later date?
Great team win. Morton battled all night and ended with a dozen “K’s”. Team hit the ball well. Even though A’s are not a very good team right now, a win counts. Keep it going.
Overpaid Yuri looks like one of our best bargains right now. It’s been a while since we’ve had a first baseman that can play first base and hit at the same time.
Hope we take series with A’s but really want to start May with 3 wins in a row.
😆😆 ME TOO!!
The Morton start along with the recent Musgrove start were critical for the team. In both starts they got in a big early hole and then turned it around – saving the bullpen and giving the offense a chance to come back and win the game. Gritty performances.
I have to give Kuddos to Uncle Jeff. We are 15-8, with out talking Pitching DK has been awesome and Devo. What would our record be in April without Gurriel, Gattis, Reddick and McCann. If we had been depending Altuvek, Springer and CC maybe 11-12? I know those guys will come around, TG for the new blood even Aoki has been solid.
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Forest Whitley last night for Quad City: 3 hits 7 strike outs *N o* runs in 3+ innings.
Quick Becky – put a GPS tracker on him
I know, RIGHT!!
Lineups are posted….WOW! Bench: Marwin, Kemp, Aoki
No holes in tonight’s lineup!
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Devenski heat map
2016 vs 2017
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What do I want to see from Joe Musgrove tonight?
1. 75% or more 1st pitches being strikes;
2. an average of at least one strikeout per inning;
3. Over 6 innings allowing 3 or less runs, 6 or less hits, and 1 or less walks;
4. a BAA of less than .265
5. a GO/AO of over 1.50
Does anybody think it’s time to put somebody else in the lead off spot instead of Springer?
I like Hinch as a person but when he says something like batting average is a “trap and misleading stat” whoever bats where is obviously unimportant. I am a big fan, as everyone on here knows, of Altuve. But he is pressing at the plate and on the bases in my opinion. Trying to do too much. I see those two not in their natural role with their God given talent.
And don’t get me started on why Springer needs to move to RF and ………..